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Counterfeit v/s Real

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When I was called to write this entry, I really felt sick at my stomach. Because it is VERY important. If we were to take a pole about people who really believe not only in GOD, but in HIS faithfulness and LOVE, it would probably be disappointing, if people were honest. There are many, quite frankly running churches and schools on counterfeit faith, counterfeit morals and standards and even counterfeit LOVE.

Let’s look at the definition of counterfeit.

Full Definition of COUNTERFEIT

1:  made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive : forged [counterfeit money]
a :  insincere, feigned [counterfeit sympathy]
    b :  imitation [counterfeit Georgian houses]

Examples of COUNTERFEIT

  1. The concert ticket is counterfeit.
  2. counterfeit currency that had been passed all over town

Origin of COUNTERFEIT

Middle English countrefet, from Anglo-French cuntrefeit, from past participle of cuntrefere, contrefaire to imitate, fromcuntre- + faire to make, from Latin facere. First Known Use: 14th century

Related to COUNTERFEIT

Synonyms
bogus, fake, false, forged, inauthentic, phony (also phoney), queer, sham, snide, spurious, unauthentic
Antonyms
authentic, bona fide, genuine, real, unfaked

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterfeit

Let’s also look at the definition for Real.

Full Definition of REAL

:  of or relating to fixed, permanent, or immovable things (as lands or tenements)
a :  not artificial, fraudulent, or illusory :  genuine [real gold];also :  being precisely what the name implies [real professional]

(1) :  occurring or existing in actuality [saw a real live celebrity] [a story of real life] (2) :  of or relating to practical or everyday concerns or activities [left school to live in the real world] (3) :  existing as a physical entity and having properties that deviate from an ideal, law, or standard[real gas] — compare ideal 3b

c :  having objective independent existence [unable to believe that what he saw was real]

d :  fundamental, essential

(1) :  belonging to or having elements or components that belong to the set of real numbers [the real roots of an equation] [real matrix] (2) :  concerned with or containing real numbers [real analysis] (3) :  real-valued [real variable]

f :  measured by purchasing power [real income] [real dollars]

g :  complete, utter [real fiasco]

of a particle :  capable of being detected — compare virtual
— re·al·ness noun
— for real

:  in earnest :  seriously [fighting for real]
:  genuine [couldn’t believe the threats were for real]
:  genuinely good or capable of success (as in competition) [not yet sure if this team is for real]

Examples of REAL

  1. The movie is based on real events.
  2. The detective Sherlock Holmes is not a real person.
  3. He has no real power; he is just a figurehead.
  4. The battle scenes in the movie seemed very real to me.
  5. The team has a real chance at winning.
  6. There is a very real possibility that we will be moving to Maine.
  7. In real life, relationships are not perfect.
  8. The actor looks taller on TV than he does in real life.
  9. He’s always daydreaming and seems to be out of touch with the real world.
  10. What is his real name?

Origin of REAL

Middle English, real, relating to things (in law), from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin & Late Latin; Medieval Latin realis relating to things (in law), from Late Latin, real, from Latin res thing, fact; akin to Sanskrit rayi property

First Known Use: 14th century

Related to REAL

Synonyms
bona fide, certifiable, certified, dinkum [Australian & New Zealand], echt, genuine, honest, pukka (also pucka), authentic, right, sure-enough, true
Antonyms
bogus, counterfeit, fake, false, mock, phony (also phoney), pseudo, sham, spurious, suppositious, supposititious, unauthentic, unreal

2real

noun

Definition of REAL

:  a real thing; especially :  a mathematically real quantity

First Known Use of REAL

circa 1626

Rhymes with REAL

Algol, atoll, austral, Bhopal, cabal, Cabral, cantal, Chagall,chorale, grand mal, gun moll, hamal, jacal, mistral, narwhal, Natal, nopal

3real

adverb

: very or really

Full Definition of REAL

:  very he was real cool — H. M. McLuhan

Usage Discussion of REAL

Most handbooks consider the adverb real to be informal and more suitable to speech than writing. Our evidence shows these observations to be true in the main, but real is becoming more common in writing of an informal, conversational style. It is used as an intensifier only and is not interchangeable with really except in that use.

Examples of REAL

  1. We had a real good time.
  2. The water is real warm.
  3. We went to bed real late.

First Known Use of REAL

1718

Related to REAL

Synonyms
achingly, almighty, archly, awful, awfully, badly,beastly, blisteringly, bone, colossally, corking,cracking, damn, damned, dang, deadly, desperately,eminently, enormously, especially, ever, exceedingly (also exceeding), extra, extremely, fabulously, fantastically, far, fiercely, filthy, frightfully, full, greatly, heavily, highly, hugely, immensely, incredibly,intensely, jolly, majorly, mightily, mighty, monstrous [chiefly dialect], mortally, most, much, particularly, passing, rattling, very, really, right, roaring, roaringly, seriously, severely, so, sore, sorely, spanking, specially, stinking, such, super, supremely, surpassingly, terribly, that, thumping, too, unco, uncommonly, vastly, vitally, way, whacking, wicked, wildly
Antonyms
little, negligibly, nominally, slightly, somewhat

4re·al

noun \rā-ˈäl\

plural reals or re·ales 

Definition of REAL

:  a former monetary unit and coin of Spain and its possessions

Origin of REAL

Spanish, from real royal, from Latin regalis — more at royal

First Known Use: 1555

5re·al

 noun \rā-ˈäl\

plural reals or reis 

Definition of REAL

:  a former monetary unit and coin of Portugal
2 — see money table

Origin of REAL

Portuguese, from real royal, from Latin regalis

First Known Use: 1951

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/real?show=0&t=1411492614

Exploring the Definitions

You will notice that the 2 definitions are not only complete opposites, but also that counterfeit is a shorter definition. Cause how many ways can we actually say fake?

It is odd to me, that God called me to write this on a day, or a few days where I am not “feeling” very encouraged. But, that was when it began. By the time it is ending, encouraged does NOT even describe how I feel inside. God often calls us to do the impossible. Let’s explain. He does the impossible through, around and in us.

Today is the 25th. This was begun 3 and a half days ago. I thank God for Grace, because David and I have been doing really heavy intercession. With that, often comes pretty heavy warfare at times. See, the enemy throws a hissy fit when he doesn’t get his way. Like a 2 year olf toddler throwing tantrums, is how he is. But, know THIS God’s power is where the enemy gets his source. There is NOTHING that shocks God. Even the enemy’s team knows that. The problem is, that people think they have so much time to waste.

There is NO time to waste. Now HEAR this. There is absolutely NOT time to waste anymore. Every single second counts. Many prophesies have spoken that the antichrist is taking reign. Now, on the one hand, this is exciting, because it means biblical prophesy is taking place. But, on the other, it means a lot of other stuff. So, I say with deepest sincerity, “Please read the word of God aloud.” God will minister healing through HIS word. He wants us saturated in HIS presence and amazing and unfailing LOVE. But, if we do not let HIS words penetrate our hearts, we will perish, often quickly and some won’t make it to heaven.

This post came at a time where it felt like HELL was barbecuing us for dinner. But, just because it felt that way to the flesh does NOT mean that was what was happening. Our pastor said it well yesterday. She said, “Change hurts sometimes.” It does, but oh how necessary the pruning is in the Harvest. I am not unaware of the enemies schemes, nor are we unaware of those participating in them. But, our goal is to LOVE anyway.

Should that NOT be done? After all the character CORE of Christ is LOVE. So, that leads us to know that at the core of the antichrist is Hate. Because, the enemy ONLY carries HATE. No matter what is said, by the enemy, He hates God’s COGS. In fact, the devil hates ALL humans. Even his own followers are hated by satan.

So, here is the question to ask…. Do you believe in what is counterfeit or what is REAL?

My awesome Godly Husband, hence forth, AGH, told me that Wisdom is the opposite of the obvious. God revealed THIS to Him. Obvious is what is right in front of you. But, people who have HIS wisdom see what is behind the curtain as well. What is REAL to you? Is God’s LOVE real to you?

Because if you understand the idea of HIS LOVE without understanding the cause and effect of HIS LOVE, you cannot receive the LOVE. So, ask yourself have you ever received what is REAL?

Conflict in the world is, as in scripture centered around Israel. Is ra el. Let’s break it down. Is Ra God? The answer is no, the devil is not god. It is also is REAL. Meaning El, the name for God is REAL. Have always been fascinated with Israel. Because it is the “apple of God’s eye.” Also, it is HOMEland. It is the place, where God’s legacy is birthed from.

So, without, getting too specific, and the Hebrew documentation will be included in time, EL is GOD and HE is REAL, and HIS LAND should be honored, period. The counterfeit will try and take advantage, without remorse or repentance, and our one and ONLY JOB is to LOVE anyway. As children of GOD, we should not be doormats, but we should be HOLY DOORWAYS to JESUS.

http://www.openbible.info/topics/fake_christians

Isaiah 29:13 ESV / 295 helpful votes

And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,

James 1:26 ESV / 275 helpful votes

If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.

Matthew 7:21-23 ESV / 275 helpful votes

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

1 John 1:8-10 ESV / 100 helpful votes

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

Revelation 3:15-16 ESV / 93 helpful votes

“‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Matthew 5:11 ESV / 65 helpful votes

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV / 64 helpful votes

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Revelation 21:8 ESV / 62 helpful votes

But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

John 14:6 ESV / 38 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

2 Timothy 3:12 ESV / 34 helpful votes

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

Matthew 5:39 ESV / 29 helpful votes

But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 16:23 ESV / 27 helpful votes

But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Luke 6:46 ESV / 23 helpful votes

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

Matthew 5:42 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Proverbs 26:23-24 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Like the glaze covering an earthen vessel are fervent lips with an evil heart. Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart;

1 Peter 3:3 ESV / 19 helpful votes

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—

Luke 14:26 ESV / 19 helpful votes

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

Matthew 10:34 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.

Exodus 20:7 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

1 Peter 3:1-22 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,

2 Corinthians 6:14 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Matthew 18:5-6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Matthew 7:1-29 ESV / 15 helpful votes

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

1 Corinthians 5:11-13 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

In His Grace,

E and Family

25 Sep 2014

Alive to tell TRUTH

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These pictures tell stories….LORD, awake the childlike faith within. ~

Years ago, I was fascinated by certain types of music. I have sense sought God about what he desires my eargates to take in.  One song that I would sing at a young age, was live to TELL. I want to take a moment to look at this song.

“Live To Tell”

I have a tale to tell
Sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well
I was not ready for the fall
Too blind to see the writing on the wall[Chorus:]A man can tell a thousand lies
I’ve learned my lesson well
Hope I live to tell
The secret I have learned, ’till then
It will burn inside of me

I know where beauty lives
I’ve seen it once, I know the warm she gives
The light that you could never see
It shines inside, you can’t take that from me

[chorus]

[2nd Chorus:]

The truth is never far behind
You kept it hidden well
If I live to tell
The secret I knew then
Will I ever have the chance again

If I ran away, I’d never have the strength
To go very far
How would they hear the beating of my heart
Will it grow cold
The secret that I hide, will I grow old
How will they hear
When will they learn
How will they know

[chorus]
[2nd chorus]

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/madonna/livetotell.html
If you will notice, the song is about abuse, escape and secrets. People could relate because the melody is catchy, and the message is pertinent. Now, this singer needs prayer. All people all over he world need prayer. I could relate, because even though I did not know it then officially, I had gone through many secrets, pain, and heartache that was hidden. The enemy tried to keep it hidden. BUT GOD.
He is clear, what was done in the dark will come to light. IT always does. I mean ALWAYS. Today, was thanking HIM for taking care of us. For exposing evil plans and plots, and saving our lives daily. See, He alone is sovereign. When a season is finished, and God has called us to walk away, but LOVE in secret, we must.
If we confess sins from fear, or from religion, guess what happens? WE stay impure. But, if we do so from FAITH and confidence in HIM, we do not. We are cleansed and purified. We must ONLY live to tell TRUTH. We can expose spirits yes, but we must NOT slander people. Forgive us LORD, by faith for any places we have erred. Thank you GOD that you alone will make ways out of no way. You alone will open holy doors and holy Glory windows, as it is time, and your plan comes into holy revelation in your time only.
Lord, we ask from FAITH for you to cleanse, purify and sanctify the BODY. We ask that you alone reveal who is for you and against you. Thank you for keeping us hidden in you. Because, your LOVE sustains us, and your BLOOD covers us. Thank you for connecting us to holy connections, and cutting off all unholiness. Thank you for using us to be your hands and feet to reach the lost. It really is an order to be a vessel for the Heavenly Kingdom.
We choose to be present with you LORD on earth, as in heaven. We thank you for your LOVE which supersedes ALL things. As others stand in awe of you in us, we stand in AWE as well. IT is you alone who is completing and carrying out the Glorious plan you have. You cause us to be able to live to TELL the TRUTH of your Heavenly Kingdom. We live to be used to expose and vanquish darkness. Through the power and name of Jesus Christ.
This entry took 3 days. I cannot tell you how many times, I have heard, just give me 3 days. GOD is faithful, He just is. He resurrects what is needed, always. Our job is to LOVE and to be in full agreement with God’s plans. It does not mean we will never “mess up.” But, it does mean as we walk through it, we will learn, grow and repent for faltering as we go.
Another song came to me….a very different kind of song.
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/christomlin/waterfall.html
Waterfall by : Chris Tomlin
Oh God, my God I seek You
I wanna move when You move
You’re more than I could long for
I thirst for YouYou’re an ocean to my soul
To my soulYour love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall

Oh God, my God I seek You
In this dry and desert land
You lead me to streams of mercy
Once again

You’re an ocean to my soul
To my soul

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall

It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
Everything I’ve done
Is covered in rivers of grace, amazing

It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
I lift up my hands
Your love never changes, amazing

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall

The first set of lyrics is about pain and hurt. This one is a praise anthem. Which is better to focus on? It is better to stay focused on what is true, noble and pure. To let GOD’s word and LOVE be an ointment to our soul. It is more pleasing to GOD, and gives HIM more access.
This world is broken. It had to become broken. How can you accept what the world naturally rejects, if it has not touched you? Rejoice in the trials, I heard this just this morning. I was sitting before the throne. I was asking questions. I did not ask them from doubt, but from wonder. THAT is child like faith. It is when we can come to GOD and seek HIS wisdom, because we know HE has handled it already. It is when we can come rejoicing in the midst of everything that appears a challenge.
Again, HE is faithful still and HIS LOVE lives to tell the TRUTH. People are running out of time. I say this not to scare anyone, but to make people aware. God’s plans will happen and ONLY His LOVE will sustain us. But, if we reject it, or the opportunity to give it, because we are making it about us, we seriously miss out on ETERNal LIFE. Not all roads lead to Heaven. There was a time when there was grace to say yes, and not change completely. But, that season has ended.
God is demanding transformation. He will not settle for religion anymore. If you want to survive this war, it will take unconditional surrender and commitment. Because, if not….well, you should know what will come. It is not eternal rest. It IS eternal torture instead. I chose this day to serve GOD. I choose HIS ways in ALL ways. Whom do you serve? Will you LIVE to tell HIS truths?
http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Overcoming-Death
Psalms 68:20

God is to us a God of deliverances; And to GOD the Lord belong escapes from death.

Proverbs 10:2

Ill-gotten gains do not profit, But righteousness delivers from death.

Proverbs 11:4

Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death.

Hosea 13:14

Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight.

Acts 2:27

BECAUSE YOU WILL NOT ABANDON MY SOUL TO HADES, NOR ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.

Hebrews 5:7

In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

Acts 2:31

he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that HE WAS NEITHER ABANDONED TO HADES, NOR DID His flesh SUFFER DECAY.

Romans 6:9

knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.

2 Corinthians 5:1

For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Revelation 1:18

and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

These are excerpts….

Also you can google open topics…and get more scriptures on overcoming death. The key is this, we can receive LIFE of death or life that has hidden death. God wants a pure mixture. He wants ALL of us, and HE wants to purify death from our lives. He desires us to see through His eyes, and not this world’s.

You are ALIVE to tell TRUTH. We are NOT here to spread lies. WE are made to LOVE and worship GOD and spread that LOVE everywhere we go. Lord, we repent for any lies the enemy has spoken through us. We take full responsibility on behalf of ourselves and others who refuse to, or don’t know how. We thank you for cleansing your land. For bringing what YOU desire to be forefront, no matter what it takes. Forgive us LORD, for allowing anything else but your LOVE to influence us. WE choose to surrender unconditionally to your will today. We praise you. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

07 Sep 2014

Grace to FEEL

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When I was awoken today, it was impressed upon me to, encourage the BODY to feel what needs to be felt. The last part is KEY. One of the keys to Death and Hades is freedom from the enemy’s hand. God loves in such a beautiful and Glorious way. He LOVES in ALL things and despite circumstance. But, the way that GOD loves can look strange at times.

We have noticed that when someone has any influence of the enemy, they are NOT openly corrected. It is always a red flag that God gives. Our JOB is to LOVE anyway. Through the power and BLOOD of JESUS, we must keep loving without fail. To do this, means, we must feel, BUT we cannot permit the feelings to reign. This is VERY important. The feelings cannot and should not be GOD in our lives.

We have endured and are endured heavy FIRE. The fire of God and at times, fire from the enemy is present. BUT, what we have noticed is the more we permit GOD to bring HIS FIRE, the more the enemy stays under our FEET. I have a dear sister who posted a request recently. It was for prayer for her feet. Another sister mentioned she was having the same problem. The deduction would be, perhaps they are interceding for each other, or even another not mentioned.

EVERYTHING we endure is related to the ENTIRE BODY. This is because WE truly are ONE in Christ JESUS. I am led to share something about our testimony. When Sarah Elizabeth passed, not ONE person brought us food. At first, I was really frustrated. But, GOD knew something. He knew that WE, as in David and I, did NOT need to have others around. He knew that IF we had others come to bless us, most likely we, would end up ministering to them instead.

Do you know what He sent us? He sent us back our animals. In fact, HIS animals. They were sent to remind us, that HIS LOVE is nurturing. His LOVE is unconditional, and HIS LOVE never ever fails or ceases.

He gave me this today.

HIS LOVE-

The solution to the persecution – HIS LOVE

The way of provision – HIS LOVE

The cure for division – HIS LOVE

The key to the Heaven – HIS LOVE

The BREAD we eat, our manna – HIS LOVE

We give thanks to the LORD above, because what drives us and causes PEACE is HIS LOVE.

When God removes something, or someone, even if we don’t understand, it is because of and OUT of HIS LOVE.

When we learn to receive the LOVE of GOD, WE begin to understand that feelings are PART of it. We have to FEEL deeply in HIM. However, again, those feelings cannot control us.

Was considering the part in scripture about self control. There are so many aspects of this. The biggest one that jumps out to me is this : SELF surrendered before GOD, is one of the greatest weapons we have. Unsurrendered, it is by far our greatest hindrance.

There is GRACE to FEEL. But, definitely not GRACE to sin. There is GRACE to endure, but again still not GRACE to sin. There is GRACE to learn, but NOT to sin. The Grace gospel has been distorted in many ways. There are many who will say, you don’t need to repent. Some will say that, “they repent ALL the time.” But, when you TEST the fruit, you will SEE the truth.

God LOVES always YES. But, you need to understand something. HE chastens those HE LOVES. Which means HE disciplines them. God is NOT a GOD of punishment. HE is a GOD of Grace, mercy, love, peace, hope, JOY, patience, kindness, understanding, compassion, tough love at times, and He is a GOD who never ever fails.

There are many who are BOUND by and to, their feelings. I cannot count how many times, people have told us we were accusing, when in actuality that person was doing it. I began recently to get a revelation. WE can LOVE, because JESUS is LOVE. However, when that LOVE gets infective, from an unholy place, WE must walk away. Jesus gave everyone an opportunity to know HIM. He still does. But, He also gives us a choice.

God is faithful. He is faithful still. No matter WHAT it looks like, HE is. God is the ONLY one we can have 100% confidence and trust in. We have been told, when we praise GOD it is for us. I would take that a step further. It is to HONOR God in us. It is to honor GOD around us, and GOD in others. It is also to call upon GOD from the deepest most guttural place.

Where do we feel from? It is FROM the heart. The word says, ” Out of the abundance of the HEART, the mouth speaks.” It also says, “Guard your heart, because from it springs the well springs of LIFE.” It is by far one of the most important organs we have. In fact, as many battles come against the mind, they come against the heart. If our hearts are complacent, and disconnected from God, the enemy can gain access to us.

The point is this….where is your agreement? are you in agreement with GOD and HIS plans? Or, are you in agreement with the enemy. Our pastor has been doing a series on Covenant Keeping. We must trust GOD to keep the covenants He has made. But, WE can only receive them with a pure heart. Otherwise, we will naturally reject what we do NOT understand.

Recently, David and I were hit pretty hard. We found ourselves looking at GOD asking, “What the HELL?” Because, we knew what was being attempted was NOT Heaven. See, what comes from HEavEN succeeds. Anyway, I say this about what was endured. We have come face to face with the spirit of satan many times. When that spirit has been present in any form, it feels like torture. But, JESUS is so much more powerful. HIS presence will cause THAT spirit to flee. It might seem that the enemy gets a few jabs in, but JESUS knocks the enemy out, for good. He has the victory, and the enemy, no matter how it seems, never ever will.

Grace – 2014

We have the Grace to feel. It is there to show us what is real. Sometimes the grace is simply being alive. It is there to treach us to THRIVE in Him. What we think is a typo, often has Heavenly resource. We receive the instruction and believe GOD’s Report. For, He teaches, preaches and gives reproach, through His faithful COGS. We simply cannot get bogged down by this world. Breaks are good. You live in GOD’s neighborhood. are you of this world? Are you proud to be? Or do you boast in HIM, who made the mountains and the seas? Because ONLY one is worthy. ONLY one is holy. ONLY one is GLORY. We need humility, in our community, so that we can be FREE in Jesus name. So get mad at God if you must, but don’t stay in that place. It only leads to HELL and then there is no turning back. The world is full of colors, but someday it will seem to fade to black. Just know this, “His Grace us sufficient.” It truly is a KEY to receiving the LOVE of GOD, and walking truly free. Thankful for HIS Grace, as His FACE becomes our own. We are one by the LOVE of GOD and grace is at the core. Lord, make us no more, and you to take over the race. For you win, you have won. It is finished and on earth has begun, to be ALL that your promised your kids. We stand in awe of you. ~

Led to share a WORD God gave. It is a word that He has shared a few times with us, but we have not been led until now to see someone writing it, and us being privy to SEE it in print. Humbling and grateful.

“BROKEN FAITH: When You’ve Lost Your Strength To Believe!

Many of you have been in the place of waiting on the LORD for a long time, now! You’ve done most everything that you feel He’s asked of you, and yet your faith has remained fruitless of that which He has long promised you! 

Many of you continue to stand even though your shield of faith has become battered beyond all recognition. Your faith today no longer even remotely resembles what it looked like when you first lifted it to ward off the enemies fiery darts hurled against you. And that would be OK if your Sword Of The Spirit was stained with just a little more of the enemies blood as evidence of your over-coming faith victories or otherwise fruit, that you would have to show for your long years of sacrifice and service.

But as it stands now, the condition of your faith has been beaten beyond recognition, while your sword, worn and dulled from years of constant and intense combat, is stained with very little of the enemies blood. Very little, indeed.

In fact, the only blood loss visibly shed in all your battles has seemingly been mostly…your own!

You try to encourage yourself, reminding yourself of the promise the LORD has given you that one day, you will receive and enjoy all that which the LORD has promised you. One day…! One day, your life will make a difference. One day, the LORD will use you to make an important contribution in His Kingdom. One day…!

One day, all this waiting and suffering will make sense…not just to me but, to all the onlookers who misjudged, misunderstood, ridiculed and disdained me. One day, I’ll be vindicated by the LORD and all will finally understand what the LORD was doing in my life, the whole time. But, until that day, the LORD has concealed me in what is a special preparation…hidden me for a special purpose and a special time. One day…! One day…!

But, after years and years of holding unto this hope, you find that something unexpected has happened—something that you never suspected would or could happen. Many of you have awakened to the awareness that the shield of your faith was somehow cracked under the strain of the constant pressure of deferred hope and disappointing faith failure. And as you stand today, your faith actually feels…broken.

And now, that we are finally here in the season of the crossing over into the Promised Land, many of you are feeling that you’re not sure you have the faith or the wherewithal to enter into and receive the promises given to you, long ago! You just don’t feel as if you have the strength or even the conviction anymore, to believe and receive as you once did. The continuous and devastating disappointments have taken it’s toll upon you so that now, not only are you finding it challenging to walk by faith anymore but, many of you are finding it even difficult just to stand in faith, to believe. You are feeling broken, powerless, and even…defenseless.

And so there you lay…next at the threshold of the Jordan, the entrance to your perspective Promised Land— much like the impotent man lying by the Pool Of Bethesda…his body and will broken by the combination of being visited upon by life’s unceasing savagery and from to many failed faith attempts—hoping for someone to show up with help or even understanding that might aide him or guide him into the pool of his moment.

But, the LORD would that we gain the pivotal revelation of ‘Broken Faith’. For, in His sovereignty, the LORD often ordains that we be bought to this breaking point, that our faith might be broken after our own will, to be re-established after His!

Jesus said it this way in John 15: 4-5,7-8

“4) Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
7) If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.”

Paying special attention to vs 7) “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

Jesus is essentially saying that I must first entrust Him WITH my EVERYTHING before I can believe Him FOR my ANYTHING! For unless I am connected to Him by faith, His sap— His Blood…His Spirit will be unable to flow in my life, to bear forth the fruit He has ordained unto me in the form of the fulfilled promises He has given me! And verse 8 here says that The LORD considers part of my fruitfulness to be answered prayer! The LORD desires to see His children’s prayers answered, fruitfully!

Indeed, I cannot believe Him FOR—until I have first entrusted Him WITH!
We are connected to Jesus, the Vine—by faith. So too do we abide in the Vine by faith! Often it can be much easier to connect to Him than it is to remain connected to Him during the bronco-like ride of the trials and tribulations of this life. And this is what the author and finisher of our faith is developing within His children: the determination to abide with Him—to keep step with Him, and to stay with Him in unbroken faith on whatsoever path He chooses to lead us upon. For remember, the Good Shepherd that makes me to lie down in green pastures and leads me besides the still waters, is the very same Good Shepherd that prepares a table before me in the presence of my enemies, and leads me through the valley of the shadow of death.

It will be impossible to be able to abide with Him in unbroken faith, unless I learn to trust that He is Sovereign…that He is ultimately in control over all things! He is ever strengthening the grip of my faith in Him so that I might KNOW that He is in all things and that all things are in Him—in His hand, in His sovereign plan!

The LORD is with us that we not react to trouble when it arises, but rather, we choose to respond to Him, instead! For, to act or pray as if a situation is out of control is to in effect say that GOD is not in control…that it is up to me and that GOD is not GOD in my situation! And any reaction on my part outside of responding to the LORD by placing my faith in His sovereignty is to cease abiding in the vine, and so condemn my efforts of faith to fruitless failure.

And even though in some instances, I may seem to temporarily managed to escape my troubles, I will not have truly moved forward. Rather, I will find myself trapped in the same cycle of wandering around the same kind mountain in the same kind of desert over, over and over again—until I yield to what He is determined to instill within me regarding Broken Faith!

It is written “Be still and know that I am GOD”! This means that in the moment when trials and tribulation would beset themselves round about me, instead of yielding to the temptation of reacting, I will instead, ‘BE STILL’! I will not react by either fighting or fleeing. For, to fight is to try to take control, and so deny that GOD is GOD, and is in sovereign control. To flee is avoid facing the problem that the LORD has ordained and to likewise deny that GOD is GOD, and is in sovereign control!

The LORD told Abraham, “I am thy SHIELD, and thy exceeding great reward”. If the LORD Himself is in fact, our shield, then whatever gets through to us, had to come through Him. And if it came through Him, then there is a purpose in this problem. This is in fact, not meaningless pain. But rather, it is pain with a purpose! The LORD is doing something in it! But, that doesn’t mean that the LORD intends that the problem have power over us. He intends only that the situation develop our faith much the way a small vaccination immunizes us from the greater disease.

Therefore, even though the problem may often seem truly terrifyingly big to us, the LORD has in reality, allowed only a small and controlled measure…a tiny restrained taste of the over-all problem, into my life…to vaccinate our faith, to develop our character to withstand the soul destroying diseases or darkness of the Devil!

This is why He says in His word that He won’t put more on me than I can bear because, the whole point is for me to bear up under the problem to overcome it and put it under my feet. The LORD’s goal is not to destroy me but, to develop me. He doesn’t mean to hurt me but, to help me…to become fruitful in an area of my life that I would otherwise be fruitless and barren! Therefore, the LORD has no desire to put more on me than I can bear because, too much pressure becomes counterproductive to His plan to bear forth His fruit in my life!

The encouraging revelation of this understanding is that this means that no matter how big and bad the troubles that I maybe facing may seem to be, with just a little bit of faithfulness to have unbroken faith in Jesus, overcoming victory over whatever calls itself plaguing me, is absolutely within my grasp! Absolutely…within my grasp!

For, if I remain stable or single-mindedly confidence in Jesus’ sovereignty throughout the process of my deliverance, I will at long last, cease to fall prey to the curse of the “Double-Minded”, who is said to be unstable in all his ways. And as a consequence for his Broken Faith is unable to receive much anything from the LORD!

Now, after that I have stilled myself by letting go and placing the situation into His hand, so that I am not reacting to the predicament, I take the time to KNOW that He is GOD; to KNOW that He is in control; to KNOW that He has a plan. I KNOW that what I am going through is for a reason, that it was He who bought me here.

That doesn’t mean I simply have knowledge of this- (adjective) but, that I KNOW (verb). This is what faith is…KNOWING! I make up my mind to know in my knower. And it is in this place that I KNOW GOD…that I KNOW Him…THAT I KNOW HIM! Faith is KNOWING…GOD!

As I’m trusting Jesus for the best, and the worst seems to be happening! I KNOW that He is in control! In so doing, I KNOW Him!

What if, I’m believing the LORD for healing, and the Doctors give me a bad report, saying that my condition is worsening! Instead of reacting in panic and praying harder and even more earnestly, I choose to trust Jesus’ plan and KNOW that He is LORD over my health, and over every sickness and disease! I KNOW He is! I KNOW Him! And in KNOWING Him, I KNOW Him!

Maybe, my marriage is falling apart and despite my constant prayers and attempts at reconciliation, my spouse files for a divorce. Instead of going on a long fear-based fast or redoubling my own efforts to fix things, I trust that Jesus is at work and I KNOW that He is doing something special in my marriage! I KNOW He is! I KNOW Him! And in KNOWING Him, I KNOW Him!

And I KNOW Him even in the face of temptation. That’s right, temptation! Jesus, when teaching His disciples to pray what would become the LORD’s prayer included the statement: “…and lead us not into temptation but, deliver us from evil.” Jesus more than implies here that one of the paths that the Father may lead us on is upon the paths of temptation. Jesus didn’t imply that the Father would tempt us Himself, as GOD tempts no one. But, He may lead us into temptation for the purpose of delivering us from evil!

Jesus knew from experience of what He was teaching His disciples to pray regarding temptation because, the Bible says that Jesus Himself, was led by the HOLY SPIRIT into the Desert to be tempted of the Devil! Therefore, many of us unknowingly break our connection with the Vine because of ‘reacting’ in guilt because of the sinful feelings involved in temptation! We break faith with Jesus once we try to take control of ourselves, to keep ourselves from sinning…or at least we try to. We may do so at the expense of bearing fruit in the area of our lives vulnerable to that temptation!

Therefore, whether I find myself led besides still waters, or deep within the depths of the valley of the shadow of death, or even in a desert place to be tempted of the Devil, I will fear no evil for I will…Be Still and KNOW that thou art with me! I will KNOW that the LORD’s got a a reason and a plan for my being here. I will not allow the Devil to use guilt and condemnation to deceive me into taking control of my life out of His hands to break my connection with the Vine to the forfeiture of the preordained fruit He has appointed unto me.

Gone are the days of my attempting to bear fruit after so easily allowing myself to lose step or connection to the Vine, because of leaning into my own understanding instead of trusting in the LORD with all my heart! Gone are the days of being prey for the enemy; the shield of my faith battered beyond recognition as I am reduced to powerlessly hiding behind it…and in a faith rooted in fear— cowering under it; relegated to living defensively…barely surviving, instead of fruitfully advancing and victoriously, thriving!
Powerless.
Defeated.
Barren.
Fruitless.

Gone are those days now. Gone are those days!

For, we as a Body have discovered the secret of wholeheartedly trusting Jesus in all things. And because I trust Him enough to abide with Him in all things, He says in verse 7) that His words, His ‘rhema’— revealed or spoken words will also abide in me. His voice to me and in me will continuously be crisp and clear regarding all that I have entrusted into His hands. I can now, freely enjoy with unflinching confidence that “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

You who were waiting for your “One day..!” Today is that day, child of GOD! Today is your day! Rise up again in renewed faith! Today is your day! Begin pressing in to walk by faith, again! Today is your day! For now, you have at long last grasped the revelation of Broken Faith! And as a result, you are now free to walk in Unbroken Faith!

Take up again, the Shield of your faith but, no more reacting and using it defensively, as you did in times past. Rather, in the season of this new day, use it offensively, in tangent with your Sword Of The Spirit; pressing in—to the point of bearing some real and overdue fruit! Remembering that we walk by faith and not by sight; no more becoming so easily discouraged by your lack of understanding of the LORD’s plan regarding the path He may have you on.

Cry with a loud and fiery voice child of GOD, with all your love, with all your determination, with all your fervor, and with all your vengeance! For your enemy has been unknowingly waiting for some 2000 years to be placed under your feet! Let’s not keep him waiting any longer!”

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GOD bless greatly the ones who obediently shared this word. It is VERY confirming and encouraging. The enemy will fight us, or attempt to, but rejoice. Because JESUS has overcome the world. He will keep overcoming in you. ~

Jeremiah 17:9 ESV / 113 helpful votes

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

1 John 3:20 ESV / 71 helpful votes

For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

Proverbs 28:26 ESV / 63 helpful votes

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

Proverbs 14:12-13 ESV / 49 helpful votes

There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

Proverbs 12:15 ESV / 38 helpful votes

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

2 Timothy 3:5 ESV / 14 helpful votes

Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

1 John 2:15 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Psalm 40:3 ESV / 7 helpful votes

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

Ephesians 4:18 ESV / 5 helpful votes

They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.

Psalm 63:1-11 ESV / 4 helpful votes

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,

The praise of GOD is what will KILL the enemy’s plans. Continue to praise HIM. He is a GOD who will come through. It may NOT be as you think HE should. But HE truly does know BEST, always. We can 100% have confidence in HIS ways, plan and LOVE.

In His Grace and Glory,

E and Family

 

 

04 Sep 2014

Death can be BEAUTIFUL

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I really had a strong urge today to write. Usually, I wait when enduring the warfare we have, but I know it was important to get this out. It was like when I woke up, I could hear the ALL points bulletin going off. The title started me a little bit. I began to think, but it’s not. Then, I heard this part. “Without DEATH there can be no resurrection.”

Jesus CHRIST of Nazareth is the ONLY one who has ever died and been resurrected. Even when someone else is resurrected, it is GOD who does it. Ultimately JESUS is them is what is resurrected. Let’s explain it this way. The word of GOD says, “We must be crucified in Christ.”

Galatians 2:20Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

The word of GOD is our lifeline as COGS. This means it should be present in ALL ways and areas of our lives. Someone called me a bible scholar recently. I thought. Huh? Because it is Jesus in me who is. THAT if for sure, that HE not only knows the word but IS the word. This means that as WE secure ourselves in HIM, and delve more into HIS food, the WORD, that WE will become the word as well.

The transformation that happens is, JESUS in us, can do what JESUS walking the earth did before. In the word it states “As a child, I thought like a child.” He then said, “But then, I became a man and put away childish ways.”

I was terrified of death as a child. I grew up hearing the word spoken from a place of FEAR. People would say, “You better straighten up. You don’t want to go to hell.” Wow, there was a lot of FEAR. But God. There was little faith that I could see. Yet, it turns out there was some, it was just hidden.

The world we live in now glamorizes evil. It even glamorizes death, which is NOT the purpose of this post. The purpose of THIS post is to point out, that DEATH is beautiful in God’s eyes, because it is a step to resurrection. WE can no longer choose to be afraid of it. Because it will happen, one way or another.

People have been discussing wars for years. The bible discusses them to. It says there will always be wars, or rumors of wars. I am not saying ignore what appears to be happening around us. I AM saying, “Praise and worship GOD for handling it.” It is HIS job to be the orchestrator, savior, everything, redeemer, etc…not ours. BUT, it is our job to agree, and have FAITH that HE will NOT fail and that HE has a plan, beyond how it appears.

In fact, it is our JOB to do this not just in our own lives, but for the lives of others. Look in scripture at JOB. Do you know why he endured all that he did? Because GOD trusted him. Yes, God qualified him for the JOB. As my husband points out, “That was is his name after all.” He went through persecution, pain, betrayal, and you name it. He even endured death, LOTS of it. But, GOD. This beautiful amazing process of even deeper surrender appeared. SO beautiful to witness, yet excruciatingly painful to watch.

Without ALL that was endured, the HARVEST could not come. I heard that VERY clearly today. In 2011 I heard the Heavenly Father speak. For some reason, it was always easiest to connect to HIM. He apologized to me. I was in shock. I looked at my life, and it was pretty great. I had 3 amazing children and a wonderful God fearing husband. Sure, there were things I would have changed. But, all in all I enjoyed our life. When I heard this, “I’m sorry, for all that you have endured and will have to endure. But, you know that if there were another way, we would have taken it together. I love you,” I was stunned. I remember being on the phone with my then prayer partner.

This season is a strange one. It’s like a dream. Somedays, it is like a bad dream, other days it is Heavenly. No one but God understands completely. But some do understand at least partly. Grateful for those who faithfully pray HIS will for us and others. GOD alone has the victory, even in DEATH.

Luke 23:33-43 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”

Acts 2:36 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

John 3:36 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 14:6 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 18:36 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

John 1:11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV / 8 helpful votes

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Isaiah 45:1 ESV / 7 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:

1 Corinthians 1:23 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,

1 Corinthians 1:23-24 ESV / 5 helpful votes

But we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Mark 15:25-39 ESV / 5 helpful votes

And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,

Romans 10:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);

Romans 8:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

John 19:25 ESV / 4 helpful votes

But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.

John 1:19-25 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

Matthew 7:16-20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Matthew 1:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.

Amos 8:11-12 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.

Proverbs 6:1-35 ESV / 4 helpful votes

My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, have given your pledge for a stranger, if you are snared in the words of your mouth, caught in the words of your mouth, then do this, my son, and save yourself, for you have come into the hand of your neighbor: go, hasten, and plead urgently with your neighbor. Give your eyes no sleep and your eyelids no slumber; save yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

Deuteronomy 18:18 ESV / 4 helpful votes

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

Deuteronomy 18:15 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—

Ephesians 1:3-4 ESV / 3 helpful votes

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 3 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

http://www.openbible.info/topics/christ_crucified

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I look at our life now, and I see the things that have been endured since then. Now, having no official children with us, and giving up our home, and many friends, the perspective has changed. Even then, I laid down everything before God. But now, I lay down everything past, present and future, and even things for others if led. See, I had to die. I die daily. As our daughter began to die to self, she began connecting more to Heaven. When we do this, we run a slight risk. We might get called home. But, isn’t that worth the risk?

In His Grace and Glory,

E and Family

02 Sep 2014